EVgo Fast Charger Site Opens in Silver Spring, MD

Silver Spring EVgo Charger
CCS/CHAdeMO Fast Charging Station in North Silver Spring, Maryland

A new EVgo charging station with six dual-port CCS/CHAdeMO Fast Chargers has opened in a hotel parking lot in North Silver Spring, Maryland near Route 29 and Cherry Hill Road.

This is one of only a few charging sites in the US that have more than two dual CCS/CHAdeMO DC Fast Chargers together at a single location. Six chargers together is even more rare and the few that do exist are mostly in California.

There is one other six-stall fast charging location in Maryland at Nottingham Commons in White Marsh, about 2 miles east of the White Marsh Blvd. Exit off I-95, that opened a few weeks before this one.

These 50 kW charging stations made by BTC Power, Inc., are on the EVgo network.

The North Silver Spring EVgo charging station is at the Courtyard by Marriott at 12521 Prosperity Dr., Silver Spring, MD.

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Maryland Announces Draft Plan for VW Settlement Money

Maryland VW Settlement

Draft Plan Includes Approximately $11.3 Million for Maryland EV Charging Infrastructure

Update: Listening Session Scheduled

A listening session has been scheduled for the VW Settlement Mitigation Plan for August 20, 2018 from 10:00 AM to noon at the Maryland Department of the Environment, at 1800 Washington Blvd, Baltimore. Full details here.

Maryland officials released a draft mitigation plan for spending $75.7 million from a settlement reached with Volkswagen over an emissions testing “defeat devices” case that proposes to fund measures to help improve air quality including replacing older diesel engine powered equipment and installing electric vehicle charging stations.

The Maryland Department of the Environment (MDE) along with the Maryland Department of Transportation (MDOT) and the Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) developed the Draft Plan that must be submitted to the Trustee overseeing the mitigation funds once the 30 day public comment period is over and Maryland finalizes the Draft Plan.

The Settlement Agreement limits the amount of funds that can be used for Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) infrastructure investment to 15% of the total funds allocated to the state. Maryland intends to utilize the allowed maximum of 15% of Volkswagen Trust funds, or about $11.3 million, for the deployment of EV charging infrastructure.

The Draft Plan notes that MEA has awarded over $3.3 million toward installing 77 DC Fast Chargers at 46 locations, with matching grants that has leveraged more than $4.5 million in private funding of charging infrastructure in recent years. Read More …

Baltimore Supercharger Under Construction

Baltimore Tesla Supercharger Sign
A Tesla Supercharging Station is under construction in a parking garage at 1641 Whetstone Way, Baltimore, Maryland. There are eight stalls going in on the second floor of the East Parking garage in front of Harris Teeter by McHenry Row in the Locust Point neighborhood.

A concrete step has already been poured along the south wall at the top of the ramp leading to the second floor. Eight red Tesla signs have been posted along the wall. Two spaces are dedicated to Tesla Vehicle Charging Only with the remaining six labeled 30 Minute General Parking.

This garage has solar panels over the top deck because of the Maryland Energy Administration’s Parking Lot Solar PV Canopy with Electric Vehicle Charger Grant Programof 2014.

There are two existing GE Level 2 charging stations on the ground floor in the SE corner, one ChargePoint L2 on the NE corner and several SemaConnect charging stations in the NW corner on the second level.
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Bill Introduced to Lift 200,000 Vehicle Cap on EV Tax Credit

US Capitol PlugInSites EV Tax Credit

Vermont Congressman Seeks to Extend $7,500 EV Tax Credit

The $7,500 federal EV tax credit will soon begin to wind down for manufacturers such as Tesla and GM when they reach the point of delivering 200,000 electric vehicles in the US.

Under the current law, the full $7,500 tax credit will be available for a particular manufacturer’s cars through the end of the quarter in which the 200k EVs milestone is reached and also through the following quarter. Then, all the plug-in vehicles sold by that manufacturer will be eligible for 50% of the vehicle credit for two more quarters. The credit then goes down to 25% for two quarters and then it completely goes away for that manufacturer’s vehicles.

Rep. Peter Welch (D-VT) has introduced a bill to eliminate the per manufacturer cap and make the credit available to an unlimited number of EV buyers for the next ten years.

H.R.6274To amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to extend certain tax credits related to electric cars, and for other purposes, is co-sponsored by Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) and Rep. Jacky Rosen (D-NV). The bill has been referred to the House Committee on Ways and Means. A Senate version of the bill is expected to be filed by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR). Read More …

Supercharger Planned for Tysons, Virginia

Tesla Supercharger Plans Tysons, VA

Tesla plans to build a Supercharging Station at Tysons Corner Center according to documents submitted to Fairfax County, Virginia and obtained by PlugInSites through a Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request.

Plans show ten charging stalls located on the west side of Garage B on Level 1. The garage is near Bloomingdale’s at the corner of Rt. 7/Leesburg Pike and International Drive.

Tysons Supercharger Site Plan

The site drawings show that the installation will have the new 72 kW “urban” style Superchargers. Tysons may be the first in the Washington, DC area with these, more compact, charging posts. The urban Superchargers were introduced in September, 2017 and are designed to occupy less space and be easier to install, especially in city parking garages. Read More …

Indian River Marina at Delaware Seashore State Park

Indian River Marina EV Charging station © PluInSites

The Indian River Marina at Delaware Seashore State Park now has a SemaConnect EV charging station for public use. The marina is located off of Route 1 between Dewey Beach and Bethany Beach and is within walking distance to swimming and sunbathing at the ocean. The park boasts of six miles of ocean and bay shoreline.

Visitors to the marina can grab a bite to eat at Hammerheads Dockside restaurant. In addition to boating, the area is popular for hiking and bird watching. If you are looking to stay longer, you can rent a cottage at Indian River Inlet.

Delaware was early to add a statewide network of EV charging stations under the Charging Up Delaware program in 2015 under a partnership between the University of Delaware and the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC). In 2016, the Delaware Division of Parks & Recreation was approved for a grant to install two D.C. Fast Charging Stations at Blue Ball Barn in Wilmington and Indian River Marina. Neither of those fast chargers have been installed. Perhaps plans changed and this Level 2 was located here instead.

The charging station is free to use and does not require a card as of June, 2018.

Annapolis, Maryland Supercharger Under Construction

Annapolis Tesla Supercharger
Construction has begun on a Tesla Supercharging Station in the parking garage at 217 Harker Place at Annapolis Towne Centre. There appear to be eight diagonal pull-in stalls going in at the NW corner on the ground second floor.

A Tesla Supercharger in Annapolis has been talked about for years. Several locations have been rumored or speculated during that time including the Annapolis Towne Centre which is managed by the same company that has the Towne Centre at Laurel where the Laurel Supercharger opened in 2016.

The Tesla “Find Us” webpage says that the Annapolis Supercharger is targeted to open this summer. Tesla has also identified Baltimore as targeted for a Supercharger this summer. Stay tuned. Read More …

Tesla Superchargers Planned for DC Area – Update May, 2018

Tesla Supercharger Map
Tesla “Find Us” Supercharger map as of 05/26/2018

Tesla has updated the Supercharger map on their “Find Us” page to include additional planned locations that are expected to be built through the end of 2019.

Here are the sites planned for the Washington, DC area. Annapolis and Baltimore are targeted to open this summer in addition to a Springfield, VA Supercharger that is currently under construction at the Springfield Mall. Tesla says that exact timing and specific locations may vary. Tesla Find Us Map Link.

Target opening in Summer 2018
Annapolis, MD (under construction May 27, 2018)
Baltimore, MD
Springfield, VA (open June 23, 2018)

Target opening by end of 2018
Beltsville, MD
Bethesda, MD
Elkridge, MD
Frederick, MD
Greenbelt, MD
Halethorpe, MD
Arlington, VA
Fairfax, VA
Gainesville, VA
Tysons, VA (permit June 28, 2018)
Washington, DC
Columbia Heights, DC
Washington NE, DC
Washington SE, DC

Target opening by end of 2019
Hanover, MD
Ocean City, MD
Rossville, MD
Leesburg, VA

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Six-Stall DC Fast Charger Sites Coming to Maryland

6-stall DCFC Silver Spring
CCS/CHAdeMO Fast Charging Station in North Silver Spring, Maryland

Outside of a few places in California, it’s rare to find more than two DC Fast Chargers together at a single location. Tesla has hundreds of Supercharger sites with as many as 40 charging stalls. Maryland House and Chesapeake House Travel Plazas on I-95 have four CCS/CHAdeMO DC Fast Chargers each.

But now, two sites in Maryland are under construction with six dual-port CCS/CHAdeMO Fast Chargers lined up in a row similar to what you would see at a Tesla Supercharging station. One is being built in a hotel parking lot near Columbia Pike and Cherry Hill Rd. in Silver Spring, about 3 miles west of I-95.

The other six-stall fast charging location is at Nottingham Commons in White Marsh, about 2 miles east of the White Marsh Blvd. Exit on I-95. Read More …

Plug-In Hybrids Prohibited at Beverly Hills Charging Stations

Beverly Hills
The City of Beverly Hills, California has updated their Electric Vehicle Charging Policy which they say will encourage more efficient use of the City’s 35 public EV charging stations.

The new policy takes effect on April 2, 2018 and is said to help prepare for increasing demand for the City’s EV charging infrastructure and to encourage more efficient use of the 35 publicly available EV charging stations at City facilities. The 35 stations at 15 locations include a total of 59 Level 2 connectors.

Beverly Hills’ EV charging stations are reserved exclusively for battery-only electric vehicles that are connected and actively charging under the new policy. All other vehicles including plug-in hybrids, gas-only vehicles and any BEV not actively charging may be penalized by a fine and/or towed at the owner’s expense.
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